The wager: the person with the highest cholesterol must eat a vegan diet (no meat, no dairy) for one week.
One week later, the cholesterol results were available.
Josh Tysver lost the bet. (He said he didn't mind if I shared this information.) His cholesterol at Men's Night was 247 mg/dl.
The vegan diet was a major adjustment from the typical Minnesota diet. (Ask Josh for further details.) After one week of a vegan diet, his cholesterol was rechecked. His total cholesterol was 197 mg/dl.
In one week, the vegan diet resulted in a comparable effect to the HMG-CA reductase inhibitors medications (statins) commonly used to treat elevated cholesterol. Josh's cholesterol dropped 20% in one week. The statin medications are known to decrease total cholesterol levels by 13 to 42% over several months.
While this is not a clinical trial, and no scientific methodology was utilized, the individual results are compelling.
Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. On a Mayo Clinic website, five recommendations are listed to lower cholesterol.
- Lose weight
- Eat heart-healthy foods
- Exercise most days of the week
- Quit smoking
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
As seen in a previous post, running has also been shown to decrease cholesterol. Keep running!